Minister of Information, Communication and Technology Nicholas Dausi has hit back at the leader of the opposition Lazarus Chakwera, who is also Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president, who accused President Peter Mutharika of being “clueless, directionless and insensitive” to the people’s misery and suffering inflicted by power blackouts.
Chakwera on Thursday asked Mutharika to demonstrate seriousness resolve the electricity crisis facing the country.
But Dausi, who is also government spokesman, said Chakwera’s statement was littered with slurs which were demeaning and rude.
“Honourable Chakwera is well known to be a foul-mouthed man, insulting, giving crude remarks, rough cow, cut throat and plays antagonistic politics,” said Dausi.
Chakwera went to town to blast Mutharika on the energy crisis, making allegations of serious mismanagement and corruption of his aides at State House and State owned enterprises mandated to provide electricity to the nation.
“Instead of a strategic leader that is moved by your plight as Malawians, we have a president in Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika who seems clueless, directionless and insensitive to the people’s misery and suffering inflicted through these blackouts,” said Chakwera.
Chakwera said in Mutharika, “we have a pathological liar who chooses to feed Malawians lies to give them a sense of hope that their state president is concerned about their plight when his actions tell a different story.”
He said it has become apparent that the President and his charges take pleasure in the plight, suffering and misfortunes befalling Malawians as they use these unfortunate situations to cash in and enrich themselves.
“We saw it in the Zambia maize procurement saga. Instead of being concerned with your suffering as Malawians, senior members of the Mutharika government were busy finding ways to enrich themselves. I would have said much more about this had it not been that the matter is in court; we cannot comment much. The same can be said of the massive pilferage of medicines procured for the benefit of poor Malawians. Many people in government are benefiting through various evil schemes designed to deprive poor Malawians of medicines bought with their own taxes,” he said.
In the case of blackouts, Chakwera said instead of sincerely working to resolve the situation, Mutharika’s cronies have used the situation to enrich themselves.
“Whether this is with or without the blessing of the state president, we do not know yet. However, it is surprising that the State President has remained silent and has failed to act against on the allegation of serious misconduct of senior officials in his own government and ESCOM.,” he said.
Chakwera said President Mutharika seems to be “sleeping on the job and he cannot smell the rat in his own backyard”.
Meanwhile, Chakwera has asked President Mutharika to punish officers involved in the botched multi-million dollar standby generators procurement deal at Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom).
During a news conference in Lilongwe, Chakwera implicated Chief Secretary Lloyd Muhara and President’s Special Aide Collins Magalasi to be involved in the genset deal.
Chakwera called for a public inquiry into the foiled generators deal, saying asa a result of the blackouts many businesses have virtually failed and are closing shop: butcheries are seeing their meat turned to rot, salons cannot operate, maize mills cannot mill, welders cannot weld, hatcheries cannot hatch, students cannot study, hospitals have turned into death-zones as operating theatres cannot operate and vaccines cannot be stored, factories are operating at half-mast and incurring heavy losses; ordinary families with refrigerated foodstocks are suffering losses.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :